Marine Biology

Marine biology is not a separate discipline in biology. It is the application of different specialties in biology to the study of the particular organisms which live in the marine environment. It requires an understanding of the unique characteristics of the sea and its inhabitants and the particular adaptations and special relationships of those organisms to that environment. Introductory Oceanography, Biology 157, is suggested as an entry level course, but is not required and won't count towards a Biology major. Students concentrating in marine biology are required to take four (4) course credits at the Duke University Marine Laboratory (not including Physics). Selection of the courses depends upon student interests and one of the courses may be an independent study.

Students fulfilling the requirements of the Concentration in Marine Biology will receive a note on their official transcript.

Area Advisor

Area Advisor Area Faculty
Dr. Dan Rittschof , Department of Biology, Duke University Marine Lab
phone: 252-504-7634 e-mail: ritt@duke
Diaz, Forward, Hunt, Kirby-Smith, Rittschof, Johnson, Johnston, Nowacek, Read, Rittschof, Schultz, Silliman, Van Dover

Pre/Corequisites

Chemistry

For B.S. Degree For B.A. Degree
  • CHEM 101DL Core Concepts in Chemistry OR
  • CHEM 110DL Honors Chemistry: Core Concepts in context OR
  • CHEM 21 General Chemistry Credit
  • CHEM 101DL Core Concepts in Chemistry OR
  • CHEM 110DL Honors Chemistry: Core Concepts in context OR
  • CHEM 21 General Chemistry Credit
  • CHEM201DL Organic Chemistry
 

NOTE: CHEM 210DL and CHEM 202L are recommended for pre-med, pre-vet, biochem and pharm students.

Math

For B.S. Degree For B.A. Degree
  • MATH 111L Laboratory Calculus I OR
  • MATH 121 Introductory Calculus I OR
  • MATH 21 Introductory Calculus I OR
  • BOTH MATH 105L/106L Laboratory Calculus and Functions I and II
  • MATH 105L Laboratory Calculus and Functions I
  • MATH 112L Laboratory Calculus II OR
  • MATH 122 Introductory Calculus II OR
  • MATH 22 Introductory Calculus II OR
  • STA 102 Introductory Biostatistics OR
  • BIOLOGY 204 Biological Data Analysis (cannot also count as an elective)
  • ¬†MATH 106L Laboratory Calculus and Functions II

Physics

For B.S. Degree For B.A. Degree
  • PHYSICS 141L General Physics I OR
  • PHYSICS 151L Introductory Mechanics OR
  • PHYSICS 161L Introductory Experimental Physics I
  • PHYSICS 141L General Physics I OR
  • PHYSICS 151L Introductory Mechanics OR
  • PHYSICS 161L Introductory Experimental Physics I

NOTE: PHYSICS 142L is recommended for pre-med, pre-vet, biochem and pharm students.

Biology Major Requirements (10 courses)

The following courses are required for students pursuing both the B.S. and B.A. biology credentials.

Gateway Courses

Biology Area Requirements

Select 1 course from EACH of the following three areas. Courses listed in more than one area may only be used to meet one area requirement.

Electives (5 courses)

  • At least 3 courses must be listed or cross listed in Biology at the 200-level or above.
  • A maximum of 2 independent studies or tutorials may count toward the major.
  • A maximum of 2 approved alternate elective courses may count toward the major.

From the 10 courses required for the major, at least (4) course credits must be courses taken from this list at the Duke Marine Laboratory:

Lab Experience Requirement

From the area and elective courses, you must take at least 2 full lab courses in addition to the gateway courses BIOLOGY 201L/202L. Courses must be at the 200 level or above. No more than one independent study course may count towards the lab experience requirement.

Capstone Course Requirement

You must take at least 1 full 400-level or higher biology 'Capstone' course or other approved capstone course. Independent study can count towards this requirement if it is a second semester continuation.